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Outdoor furniture in front of a wall with canvas screen and fairy lights

Overview

Host movie nights under the stars with your very own outdoor cinema! If you have a blank wall in your garden, you can create your very own viewing area with just a drop sheet and a few comfortable pillows. Follow this simple D.I.Y. project from Bunnings Warehouse and soon enough, you’ll be enjoying blockbusters in your backyard. 

Steps

1Identify an area

The first thing to do is to figure out where your outdoor cinema will be. The best spot will be a plain wall that you can attach a hook to. Ideally, there will be no trees or big obstacles in the way!
Large blank end wall of a white weatherboard house

2Cut holes and attach eyelets

Use a hammer and the hole cutter from the grommet kit to cut two holes at the top of the canvas sheet (for the hooks). Use the punch and flange to fit an eyelet into each hole.
Person making a hole in a sheet of canvas using a hammer and punch

3Measure the length

Measure the length of the drop sheet using a tape measure.
Person measuring a sheet of canvas with a measuring tape

4Measure and mark

Measure and mark the length of the sheet on the wall with a permanent marker.
Person standing on a step ladder measuring a wall using a measuring tape

5Screw in the hooks

Pre-drill two holes on the wall at the marked points. Screw a hook into each hole.
Person screwing an cup hook into a weatherboard wall

6Attach the drop sheet

Use the mini bungee cords to attach the canvas to the hook so that you now have a screen.
Person attaching a canvas sheet to a cup hook using shock cord

7Set up projector and seating

Now that your screen is ready, set up your projector so that it lines up with your screen. Add some comfortable cushions and chairs and you’ll be ready to watch movies for nights on end. 
Outdoor table and chairs in front of a wall with canvas screen and fairy lights

8Sit back and relax

Once the kids pick the movie, sit back and relax.
An image projected onto a canvas screen at night

9Get ready for your next movie night!

Start preparing for your outdoor cinema by exploring our range of outdoor furniture.
Outdoor furniture in front of a wall with canvas screen and fairy lights

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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